Gunmen barge into J-K jail official’s house, set nephew’s car ablaze
This was the second incident of its type since 10 gun-wielding militants ransacked the house of a police officer in Shopian in the first week of March and warned his family of serious consequences if he did not quit his job.india Updated: Mar 26, 2017 20:24 IST
Suspected militants barged into the house of a jail employee in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district on Saturday night, abducted his son and took away the car of a family relative, police said on Sunday.
While the son was released soon after, the car was found burnt on Sunday morning not far away from their home in Chadoora.
Inspector General of Police SJM Gilani said the employee was a deputy superintendent of Baramulla jail.
“We are ascertaining the attackers’ identity and will take proper action against them,” Gilani said, asserting that the attack in no way would affect the morale of the police force.
This is the second incident of its type since 10 gun-wielding militants ransacked the house of a police officer in Shopian in the first week of March and warned his family of serious consequences if he did not quit his job.
The incident had triggered a verbal face-off between the director general of police (DGP) and militants.
Jammu and Kashmir DGP Shesh Paul Vaid had warned of consequences for families of militants if relatives of policemen were attacked.
Militant commanders had earlier warned policemen not to “harass” families of local militants.
According to police, the latest incident took place on Saturday night when two suspected militants, one of them with a gun, barged into the home of the prison employee. Police refused to reveal his name.
Budgam’s superintendent of police Waseem Qadri said the prison employee was not at home during the incident.
He said the two men abducted his son in the car of the employee’s nephew.
“They asked his son to drive the car and left him at a certain distance. The remains of the car were found charred in the morning,” Qadri said.
The SP said police suspect that the attackers might have been known to the employee in the jail.
“They might have been overground workers of militants or stone-pelters who have now become militants. We are looking into it,” Qadri said.
According to a PTI report, the militants also took the nephew hostage. The militants drove away in the car with the two boys but later let them off. PTI identified the official as sub inspector M Subhan Bhat.
According to police sources, the militants said they wanted to kill the officer, who is currently posted at the Baramulla district jail where militant-turned separatist leader Masarat Alam is lodged.
The militants threatened the two boys and fired several rounds in air before setting the car ablaze, they said.